Economic Relief from Covid-19 a Priority for South African Govt

The Western Cape Covid-19 Business Relief Fund has committed U.S.$1.8 million to supporting small businesses in both the formal and informal sectors who have been hard-hit by Covid-19 restrictions in the region. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa called on the international community to support the rollout of a comprehensive stimulus package for African countries during a virtual sitting of the 75th United Nations General Assembly debate. Ramaphosa, who is also the Chairperson of the African Union, said the stimulus package will enable African countries to mitigate the health impacts of Covid-19 and aid the continent in the immense task of rebuilding its shattered economies. South Africa's Covid-19 death toll has risen to over 16,000 after 126 new fatalities were recorded. "We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased patients," Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said. To date, the nation has confirmed 663,282 infections of which 592,904 resulted in recoveries.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa (file photo).

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